With Addilyn’s arrival growing ever closer(*insert squeal here!*), I knew it was time I started getting serious about finding some bedding that I liked. Honestly? I was pretty disappointed in the options out there. I really wanted something more classy and sophisticated. Not something covered in loud butterflies or hyper ‘themed’. Know what I mean? Plus, let’s face it, the people who make those bedding sets are making a killing! They are SO expensive in my opinion!
So, what does any good DIY-lovin’ gal do?
…make her own, of course! And I’m going to show you how–just in case you are particular and on a budget(read: cheap!) like me!
Start by finding some inspiration online. My crib skirt was inspired by this beauty!
Measure your crib from where the mattress sits to the floor on all 3 sides(or 4 if you choose). Then measure the front and 2 sides horizontally. Every crib is different, figure out how long you want it and be sure to add several inches for a hem.
You will need:
(2)Stich Witchery or something similar
(3)Small, stick on velcro dots
Measure and cut the fabric according to the crib dimensions, like below. You can see my front panel and both side pieces.
I really loved that the crib skirt had small slits in it for added interest and an added pop of color. Decide where you want to slits and cut them with scissors:
Then measure and mark the backside of your fabric for your hem. Iron the hem with the adhesive as directed on the package.
I wasn’t thrilled with how the adhesive was holding together once I was done, so I decided to go ahead and sew along all the seams. Plus it gives it a more polished look(in my opinion). And It does sound like double the work to iron the adhesive AND sew, but it makes sewing go SO MUCH faster and more even and beautiful.
Sew around all the edges to give a nice, beautiful hem.
Cut your trim fabric. Fold and iron adhesive. I then sewed the bottom hem(3/4 of the way down), not the top hem(you will see why in a sec)
Iron & adhere trim onto main piece of crib skirt, leaving excess on ends to fold over and sew.
|See the excess of pink fabric on the right? The photo below has it tucked and sewn under.
Sew the top of the trim to the main piece of crib skirt.
Cut your “peek-a-boo” fabric to the desired width.
Iron a small amount of adhesive closest to the edge as possible.
Sew around the edges of the slit. If your ‘peek-a-boo’ fabric(the gray) shows through the other fabric, you can trim off the excess. Apply the sticky velcro dots to the very top of the crib skirt and then attach them to the metal mattress frame on the crib.
In the end you should have 3 separate pieces, I liked that look better than one continuous skirt all the way around.
I love the way it turned out! I plan to use a white crib sheet with a very light pink geometric pattern on it and a white breathable bumper.
Also! I wasn’t thrilled with the pink options in the fabric store, so here is what I did for the trim:
We have 2 windows in the nursery, one is full size and the other is about half the size. We bought 2 of these panels from ikea for the windows and pulled them to one side of the window. Obviously, we didn’t need all that excess fabric on the smaller window so I just cut 4 inches off the length and width of the curtain and sewed it back up with a nice hem. You can’t even tell–and now the crib skirt matches our curtains PERFECTLY! Love it!